The Veterans’ OASIS (Operation Academic Support for Incoming Servicemembers) is the place on campus for student veterans to connect with each other while working to achieve their educational goals. Established in 2009, the OASIS has turned into a community for student veterans. “It is a place to surround myself with people who get me, it’s more like a family,” says a student. The OASIS thrives on community support and donations. Karen DeBari, Veterans’ Mentor, has established the Tunxis OASIS as an outstanding example for community colleges in how they support servicemen and women transitioning from military service to civilian life.
From the busy calendar of events, to the wall of remembrance, to the laughter spilling over the walls, the OASIS reflects the unique population it serves. The OASIS is filled with the camaraderie and shared experiences of the veterans and servicemembers who meet there. The relaxed atmosphere allows for student veterans to feel at home in a place that respects their military service. The OASIS staff helps veterans navigate the college system, connect with outside veteran services and organize social events that bring our veterans together on and off campus.